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Numbers 18 [Read]
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In the last two OT readings, we have read some narratives mixed with ceremonial rules. Overall speaking, they all have something to do with the Levites. In chapter 18, God spoke to Aaron directly about things he needed to know. Specifically, God told Aaron about the portion he and his descendants were to receive.
For their physical needs, God gave them all the holy offerings presented to God by the Israelites (18:8, 11, 19). God wanted Aaron and his descendants to dedicate their entire life to the Lord, and they were not to worry about what to eat and drink. God would provide them through the hands of his people. They shall never be in want, and this was the permanent covenant of salt before the Lord. For their spiritual needs, God gave them himself. “I am your portion and your inheritance among the Israelites” (18:20). They were not to be distracted by any worry about their properties or land and what to leave to their descendants, because God was and would always be their portion forever.
Portion means content. God knows all things, and he has already cut out a portion to everyone based on his eternal plan. Some portion is large, and some is small. But they will always be the best size for each person. “He who gathered much did not have too much and he who gathered little did not have too little” (Ex 16:18). If we trust him, we will be content.
Portion means boundary as well. Since he has already set the right portion for us, we are not to cross the boundary. We shall not go beyond our portion. Crossing it will result in misery and loss of peace. When we know our portion and stay within our boundary, God will hold our lot (Ps 16:5). As a result, “my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure” (Ps 16:9). That is the greatest blessing a person can have.
As new Levites, we also have God as our portion. As long as we are content and stay within our portion, we will have the joy he promised. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps 73:26). This is a wonderful thought to hold unto for the rest of our lives.
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